Dry Cleaning & Laundering Process

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How does your dry cleaner wash your clothes?

There are two types of garment cleaning: wet cleaning and dry cleaning. Dry cleaning is suitable for delicate fabrics and other clothes which cannot be washed by water. Dry cleaning is a method to wash dirt and stains by using a solvent instead of water. This is very effective was to remove fatty stains, without changing the garment shape and altering the texture and the colour of the fabric materials. Dry cleaning is less effective for washing dirts that are easily soluble in water.

What is Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning uses fluids to remove soil and stains from fabric. In fact, the term “dry cleaning” is misleading; it is called dry cleaning because the fluid contains little or no water and does not penetrate  the fibers as water does.

Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve greases and oils in a way that water cannot. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a “like-new” condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color and fabric distortion.

The dry cleaning  process begins with the pre-treatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then loaded into a machine resembling an oversized front-loading home washer. Throughout the cleaning process the fluid is filtered or distilled to ensure its clarity.

Today, the solvent used by almost 90% of all dry cleaner is perchloroethylene, commonly known as “perc.” It is completely non-flammable and non-combustible, of relatively low toxicity, and can be efficiently reused and recycled.

What is Wet Cleaning?

Wet cleaning starts with pre-treatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. Wet cleaning is the process of removing soils from garments  and other textile items through the use of water and additives (Such as detergent) and using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of colour and fabric distortion.

What is Laundering?

Special detergents, additives and finishes sets commercial laundering apart from home laundering. This process enables your cleaner to offer consistent quality shirts at reasonable prices.

 

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